To mix things up, over the last few weeks Angie and I have both been trying different methods of meal planning. Angie has been using Hello Fresh (which she’ll talk about) and thanks to a college friend and also my love for Jamie Ivey’s podcasts, I heard about a subscription prep-ahead meal plan called Prepdish.
We both went two different meal planning routes but have thoughts so far with our adventures….
Today, its Prepdish. And I’m a fan!
This meal planning subscription gives you a weekly menu for 4 meals, 1 salad, 1 snack, 1 breakfast and 1 dessert (8 dishes total.) In an email each week, you have a specific shopping list and then a set of prepping instructions that should be done all at once to have your meals ready for the week. The instructions are easy to follow and focus on “chopping” all at one time, followed by blending, sautéing, etc. in an organized, calculated order.
The prep takes between 2-3 hrs at the beginning, but then during the weeknights, it’s a no-brainer when you are wondering what’s for dinner. Thankfully after the prep, there are very little dishes and cook time each night.
The way this has worked for me successfully in the past few weeks is to do the grocery shopping on one day (or Clicklist—amazing to use if I am well organized the day before) and then to prep the food after my kids go to bed at night on a Monday night. The prep has usually taken me about 2 hours, but its goes by quickly when I have my headphones in and my kids aren’t pulling at my legs.
The one week this didn’t work so well was when I tried to shop, prep and send food back with my husband all in one day. I also did all the prepping in the morning/afternoon when my kids were being bonkers and I had breakfast and lunch to work around too.
One bad prep day aside, I’d totally recommend giving this meal plan a try. The meals are HEALTHY and super delicious (gluten and paleo options available.) They can also be adjusted towards your taste and are definitely more creative than the meals I think up in my head. I usually have leftovers which I eat for lunch during the week. The grocery bill really is the same or less than normal too.
Below are a few pictures of a really delicious Beef and Root Vegetable Stew I made with Prepdish!
I’m a fan of Prepdish and definitely will continue using it (especially during busy seasons!) I know a lot of my friends are trying to make meal planning a priority and with a low-cost subscription–Prepdish might be just what many of them are looking for!
Happy meal planning!
(I did not receive compensation of any kind from Prepdish for this post. All opinions are my own.)